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This was a Christmas gift from my wifey...best. gift. ever. So far I haven't done much down and dirty dirt riding, but rolling on some Conti 4 Season 28's, this bike has become my go to commuter & training companion. It is soooo smooooth, the carbon fork and frame just suck the crap our of bad pavement and small potholes. It will be a dream on course. The Hayes discs are awesome so far...much quieter than Avid's BB7's. Shifting is all solid Shimano components. The only "upgrade" I made was to put on some Lizard Skin DSP tape to suck some of the vibe out of the aluminum bars. Not sure if I feel safe upgrading them to carbon, but I think it would make it even more plush. The wheels ARE NOT Reynolds Solitude as listed. They are Velocity A23's, but not sure of the build level. They seem bomber so far, and the rear hub is very loud. Not a concern for me, in fact, free-wheeling is almost as good as a bell for getting oblivious dog walkers to MTF Over. I can't wait to cover it in mud, blood, sweat and beer!
I use these for wet weather bike commuting in Seattle. I've had full-leg Goretex paclite pant that I've used and never really liked due to the condensation build up in side. The Active Shell is super lite, but seems durable so far. I don't know it would survive a slide across asphalt and road grit, but not much will. I like the knicker length of these, it vents much better. Personally, I only need protection on the tops of my legs. My calfs will get we, but never cold. Great protection from the rain, as with all Gore-tex, but it's light and breathable enough to stay cool when the sun does pop out. They pack down to nothing. I will buy them again if I ever need to.
Maxxis (and others) lists this as a road tubless tire, not tubular. In the blown up image of the tire it lists "tubeless." What's up? Tubeless or totally tubular, dude?
I have been looking for a set of glasses like this for a LONG time. I've owned a variety from most major sport optic manufacturers, and this is the first pair I've been totally happy with. The biggest thing for me is the rimless design above the eyebrows. When descending in the drops, I don't have to compensate for looking around the usual rim that you find on sunglasses. In the past, I would either slightly pull down the glasses or have to really kink my neck to get a full field of vision. The lack of rim on the Pivlocks is a fricken miracle. The lens swap out is so fast and there is no worry of scratching the optic like on other designs. These vent exceptionally well and the only time they fog is in the elevator after my commute...but as soon as I start walking, it clears up. Highly, highly recommended. Especially if you have a big fat face like mine!
I slapped these in the 28's on my commuter bike to replace the 32C touring tires it came with. It made the bike noticeably more snappy and stiff. Which I like. They don'e roll over train tracks and the like quite as smoothly, but that's expected. I've got a couple hundred miles on them so far and no troubles. Good considering the construction zones, potholes, gutter junk, glass, and my fat butt all putting a strain on them. They stop fine and hold corners well. Not cheap so the better last a couple seasons at least. I might go back to the beefier tire for winter time when the roads are more unpredictable, but I think these will fit the bill the rest of the time.
I've ridden these tires nearly every day to work since May. Not a flat yet. No significant signs of wear. Great grip in the wet. Set the PSI and forget it. Upgrading to a full 5 stars.
So the only "precipitation" this jacket has seen so far is the stupid human trick shower test. That's right...I hopped in the shower with a tee and this jacket on to test the waterproofness. After a few minutes not nary a drop got in. Impressive. The style is good and it doesn't scream "Tour de France Wannabe" in any way. I look forward to actually putting the eVent fabric through it's paces...if it can keep me remotely dry (evac the sweat) I will be impressed. I've seen some question as to sizing. I'm not a "svelte" cyclist by any means. My chest is 44" and my belly is 43." The XL gives me a nice athletic fit with room for a mid weight jersey underneath if needed. The sleeves are a touch long (33" dress shirt) but not bad. The drop tail is fricken sweet.Look for this on Bonktown if you're a real cheapster.
So now that I've had a chance to try this thing outdoors I'd like to update my review. Is it the uber miracle jacket that ever outdoor junkie is looking for? No, I don't think so. Here's why: we sweat. I sweat a lot. Under high aerobic conditions it's not realistic to imagine your clothes won't get wet. Such a garment does not and will never exist. What eVent does do VERY well is regulate body temperature. For a real test, I went out for a run with this jacket in the pouring rain. I wore a thin light gray colored base layer that shows wet spots really well. When I got back from my run, all the typical areas were wet (chest, arm pits) but there were plenty of areas that were dry. Best of all, it didn't overheat. Even the lightest goretex paclite shells have me gasping for air, claustrophobic hot under heavy aerobic use. Event kept my body temp in line. So does it pull sweat off and expunge it like a sprinkler? No, but it does keep the temps in line which is far more important to me.
No sure how the other reviewer was wearing these, but I find they stay up and in place perfectly. I believe they are intended to be worn under the elastic leg band of you cycling shorts. They may slip if worn with baggy shorts, but I never ride with them so I wouldn't know. Performance wise, I prefer these to any lycra or synthetic product I've owned. Wool is just terrific at regulating temperatures and in changing ride conditions (cold start to warm end) these wooly buggers fit the bill. If you have big sprinter legs, get the large. If you have lanky climbers legs, get the small or medium. There is only a 2 inch difference in length between the small (14.25") and large (16.25") but I believe there must be a difference in circumference as well. According to Ibex, these should fit mid calf to mid thigh...if you need more protection they make leg warmers. The price may seem steep, but I truly cherish my wool cycling garments, and these and the matching arm warmers are no exception.